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Young people suffer as mental health referral targets missed

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Less than a fifth of young people needing an urgent mental health referral in parts of Norfolk are getting the support they need in time.

A report to the Norfolk and Suffolk Foundation Trust (NSFT) board set out its current performance for people accessing mental health support across the two counties, with young people among the hardest hit.

In Norfolk and Waveney, just 40pc of under 19s needing urgent treatment for an eating disorder were seen within a week. The target is 95pc.

The number of non-urgent cases seen within four weeks was 37.93pc.

Under 18s needing urgent mental health referrals assessed within Central and West CCG's five-day target was 19.51pc - the target is 95pc.

Urgent referrals assessed within Great Yarmouth and Waveney CCG's 72 hours target was 57.14pc - its target is 80pc.

The numbers in Suffolk were even worse, with the trust failing to get any under 19's with eating disorder's urgent treatment within a week. They only managed to get 30pc of non-urgent cases treatment in four........

© Eastern Daily Press

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